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SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST FLORIDA, No. 126.

Barrancas, May 23, 1865.

I. It having been reported that the citizens of West Florida intend to hold a meeting at Pensacola on the 24th instant, with a view of taking preliminary for the reorganization of the civil government, the military of that place is directed not to interfere in any manner with the meeting as long as properly conducted, and the provost-marshal will render the bona fide citizens of the State of Florida any assistance required to prevent intrusion from outsiders who are not fully qualified to elect or be elected to office connected with civil affairs of this State.

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By order of Brigadier-General Asboth:

FRANK ENO,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, May 24, 1865-5.15 p.m.

Major General J. H. WILSON,

Macon:

If Howell Cobb is protected by any parole, it is not designed to violate it. Please send a copy of the parole so that the Judge-Advocate-General may determine its legal effect. In the meantime you may retain him in Macon until the question is settled. Has Toombs been paroled? If he has, send a copy and wait further instructions.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, May 24, 1865.-1 p.m.

Brevet Major-General WILSON,

Macon, Ga.:

Report if you can, and how soon, execute the instructions of Lieutenant-General Grant contained in his telegram of this date.* General Hatch reported to me yesterday that he has 4,000 present for duty, 302 serviceable horses, and 214 men mounted on mules; also, one four-gun battery, completely equipped. This does not include brigade at Saint Louis.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,

Nashville, May 24, 1865-1 p.m.

Brevet Major-General WILSON,

Macon, Ga.:

The non-veteran regiments are not to be mustered out unless their term expires before the 31st of October. The directions for mustering out require that the remaining regiments should be filled up by consolidating

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* See May 23, 9.10 a.m., p. 882.

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